Katucha Bento

Katucha Bento

Profile

I am a sociologist focused on several processes of discrimination. I am engaged in the critical thinking on social justice and equality. That permeates my scientific, professional and activist trajectory. I graduated in Sociology and Politics at the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics in Sao Paulo (FESPSP), with an anthropological research about racism in samba parties. The research pointed that racial democracy in Brazil is a myth, and even in atmosphere of festivities, racism remains.

In the University of Barcelona (UB), I studied a MSc in Sociology. My research explored the discursive dimension of white-Spaniards-homosexual-women who live in Barcelona to interpret the social problem delimitated by whiteness. I analysed the construction of self, as women who like women, and the “other” women, in a sense to understand the production of markers of differentiation and privilege.

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

In a lecture given by the British anthropologist Peter Fry, at the University of São Paulo years ago, I asked him what he considered a relevant discussion in the social sciences. Professor Fry answered me that the “making of social sciences is meant to ‘mess up’ with our convictions. During our findings, the commas become more interesting than the endpoints”. In order to find “more commas”, I aimed my intellectual research on social norms and standards that colonialism left in Western societies. The impact is still on the concepts of “intersectionality” and “multiculturalism” intrinsic in all social relations. What motivates me is the challenging idea of social justice that puzzles many scientists for centuries, leaving space for a complex discussion –not even close to endpoints.

Research interests

This research is funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

My study aims to analyse the life trajectories of Afro-Brazilian women in the United Kingdom and how their immigration project impacted on their representation on gender identities, race, class, and national identity. The approach based on their perceptions of belonging, friendship, and affect will help to understand the entanglement of their ideas of self.

Research Interests:

  • Race and Ethnicity and the intersectionality with gender, class, national identity, language.
  • Feminism
  • Post Colonialism

Research

I participated as researcher in the following projects:

“Representations and practices in the feminization of transsexual women processes”.  University of Barcelona. Supervision: Professor Óscar Guasch-Andreu.

“Framing Attitudes towards Migration and Asylum”. University Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and University of Cambridge (UK). Supervision: Dr. Enric Martínez and Dr. Thomas J. Miley.

“Trabalhadores, comunidade e associativismo popular em São Paulo e Buenos Aires (1945-1978)” (Workers, community and popular associationism in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires (1945-1978)). Supervisor: Professor Paulo Fontes.

Teaching

My experiences as a teacher are:

  • University of Leeds: Social Science Skills (strand 1)
  • University Guarulhos (UNG) in Scientific Methods
  • Solidary Alphabetization (Alfasol): training teachers using Paulo Freire’s theory
  • National Service of Commercial Learning (SENAC) “Educational Program for Work” (Programa Educação para o Trabalho) and “Apprentice Program” (Programa Aprendiz).

Publications

BENTO, K. R. (2013) “Theoretical Dimensions of Intersectionality: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Nationality”. Academic Seminar of APEC (Association of Brazilian Researchers and Students in 18th Catalonia): Desafios Contemporâneos: Ciências, Culturas e Tecnologias em Tempos de Crise (Barcelona, Spain, July 2013).

BENTO, K. R. (2012) “Está na cor da pele?: Uma discussão sobre raça em Barcelona”. Academic Seminar of APEC (Association of Brazilian Researchers and Students in 17thCatalonia): Entre o Atlântico e o Mediterrâneo: 20 Anos de Intercâmbios e Saberes (Barcelona, Spain, June 2012).

BENTO, K. R. (2009) “O ‘ser sexy’: Classificações de gênero, raça e sexualidade nas ruas de São Paulo” (To ‘be sexy’: Classifications of gender, race and sexuality on the streets of Sao Paulo. Anthropology Meeting of Mercosur: "Diversidad y poder en América Latina" (Buenos Aires, Argentina, september 2009).